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Gegege no Kitaro (1968)
Kitaro 1968
Titles Gegege no Kitarô
Type of production TV series
Release date 1968-1969
Episodes 65
Running time of episode 24 minutes
Genres Horror, Comedy

The first GeGeGe no Kitarō anime was aired from January 3, 1968 to March 30, 1969. It ran for 65 episodes and is the only anime to be produced in black & white. Like all of the subsequent Kitarō anime, it was produced by Toei Animation and aired on Fuji Television.

About

Aside from toning down darker elements and some social commentary, every episode is a quite faithful adaptation of the original manga. Most episode focused on stories about Kitarō aiding humans in need of his skills or thwarting the plans of evil Yōkai who threaten to torment humanity. Kitarō's personality was also made more friendly and likable. The anime was so popular that Kitarō became a popular children's hero and it created the Yōkai boom of the 1970s.

The music was written and composed by Taku Izumi, who would go on to major songwriter in the world of Japanese music. He also wrote the music to the opening and ending theme songs, which were often used as background music in the show (as well as the following 1971 anime). Furthermore, voice actors Kazuo Kumakura and Midori Katō were brought in to perform the theme songs thanks to Izumi, Kumakura due to their personal friendship and Katō because she performed many of the commercial jingles he wrote at the time. The theme song record sold over 300,000 copies.[1]

The role of Kitarō was performed by Masako Nozawa. It was her first starring role, and she would go on to become one of the biggest names in Japanese voice acting. Each episode featured a different preview narrator and displayed the episode titles in a different font style, a trait shared only with the 1971 anime.

This anime also started the idea of Kitarō's allies coming to GeGeGe Forest to meet with him as well as the idea of the Kitarō Family.

Because the series was black and white it has rarely been rebroadcasted despite it's popularity, although it did get a rebroadcast in the 1980s.

Theme Songs

Opening
  1. GeGeGe no Kitarō - Kazuo Kumakura
Endings
  1. Karan Koron no Uta - Midori Katō
  2. Kitarō Nai Nai Ondo - Kazuo Kumakura (Ep. 27, 28, 31, 32)
  3. Kitarō Olympic - Kazuo Kumakura (Ep. 41~42)

Episodes

# Title Original airdate
1 Obake Nighter
Obake Nightaa (おばけナイター)
1968-01-03
2 Yasha
Yasha (夜叉)
1968-01-10
3 Yōkai Castle
Yōkai-jō (妖怪城)
1968-01-17
4 Vampire La Seine
Kyūketsuki Ra・Seenu (吸血鬼ラ・セーヌ)
1968-01-24
5 Dai-Kaijū (Part 1)
Dai-Kaijū (Zenpen) (大海獣(前編))
1968-01-31
6 Dai-Kaijū (Part 2)
Daikaijū (Kōhen) (大海獣(後編))
1968-02-07
7 Ghost Train
Yūrei Densha (ゆうれい電車)
1968-02-14
8 Kagami-Jijii
Kagami-Jijii (鏡爺)
1968-02-21
9 Miage-Nyūdō
Miage-Nyūdō (見上げ入道)
1968-02-28
10 The Great Yōkai War (Part 1)
Yōkai Dai-Sensō (Zenpen) (妖怪大戦争(前編))
1968-03-06
11 The Great Yōkai War (Part 2)
Yōkai Dai-Sensō (Kōhen) (妖怪大戦争(後編))
1968-03-13
12 Yōkai Nurarihyon
Yōkai Nurarihyon (妖怪ぬらりひょん)
1968-03-20
13 The Cruise to Hell
Jigoku Nagashi (地獄流し)
1968-03-27
14 Suiko
Suiko (水虎)
1968-04-07
15 Vampire Elite (Part 1)
Kyūketsuki Eriito (Zenpen) (吸血鬼エリート (前編))
1968-04-14
16 Vampire Elite (Part 2)
Kyūketsuki Eriito (Kōhen) (吸血鬼エリート (後編))
1968-04-21
17 Neko-Sennin
Neko-Sennin (ネコ仙人)
1968-04-28
18 The Witch's Doll
Majō Ningyō (魔女人形)
1968-05-05
19 Vampire Tree
Kyūketsu-ki (吸血木)
1968-05-12
20 Nezumi-Otoko and Neko-Musume
Neko-Musume to Nezumi-Otoko (猫娘とねずみ男)
1968-05-19
21 Yōkai Beast (Part 1)
Yōkai-jū (Zenhen) (妖怪獣 (前編))
1968-05-26
22 Yōkai Beast (Part 2)
Yōkai-jū (Kōhen) (妖怪獣 (後編))
1968-06-02
23

Yōkai of the Mountain Pass
Tōge no yōkai (峠の妖怪)

1968-06-09
24

Hakusanbō
Hakusanbō (白山坊)

1968-06-16
25

Electric Yōkai
Denki Yōkai (電気妖怪)

1968-06-23
26

Umizatō
Umizatō (海座頭)

1968-06-30
27 Odoro-Odoro
Odoro-Odoro (おどろおどろ)
1968-07-07
28 Makura-Gaeshi
Makura-Gaeshi (まくら返し)
1968-07-14
29 Mirror Battle
Kagami Gassen (鏡合戦)
1968-07-21
30 Akuma Belial
Akuma Beriaru (悪魔ベリアル)
1968-07-28
31 Mōryō
Mōryō (もうりょう)
1968-08-04
32 Yōka
Yōka (妖花)
1968-08-11
33 Sazae-Oni
Sazae-Oni (さざえ鬼)
1968-08-18
34 Sara-Kozō
Sara-Kozō (さら小僧)
1968-08-25
35 Top Yōkai
Koma Yōkai (こま妖怪)
1968-09-01
36 Diamond Yōkai
Daiyamondo Yōkai (ダイヤモンド妖怪)
1968-09-08
37 Te-no-Me
Te-no-Me (手の目)
1968-09-15
38 Oritatami-Nyūdō
Oritatami-Nyūdō (おりたたみ入道)
1968-09-22
39 Yōkai Army
Yōkai Gundan (妖怪軍団)
1968-09-29
40 Yōkai of Obebe Swamp
Obebe-numa no Yokai (おベベ沼の妖怪)
1968-10-06
41 Bake-Neko
Bake-Neko (ばけ猫)
1968-10-13
42 Man-Eating Island
Hitokuijima (人食い島)
1968-10-20
43 Hiderigami
Hiderigami (ひでりがみ)
1968-10-27
44 Geta Battle
Geta Gassen (げた合戦)
1968-11-03
45 Nopperabō
Nopperabō (のっぺらぼう)
1968-11-10
46 Ubume
Ubume (うぶめ)
1968-11-17
47 Ama-no-Jaku
Ama-no-Jaku (天邪鬼)
1968-11-24
48 Yukinko
Yukinko (雪ん子)
1968-12-01
49 Tenko
Tenko (天狐)
1968-12-08
50 Yōkai Sekigahara
Yōkai Sekigahara (妖怪関ケ原)
1968-12-15
51 Anagura-Nyūdō
Anagura-Nyūdō (穴ぐら入道)
1968-12-22
52 Vampire Yōkai Gang
Kyūketsu Yōkai-dan (吸血妖怪団)
1968-12-29
53 Yōkai President
Yōkai Daitōryō (妖怪大統領)
1969-01-05
54 Yōkai Rally
Yōkai Rarī (妖怪ラリー)
1969-01-12
55 Yōkai Keukegen
Yōkai Keukegen (妖怪毛羽毛現)
1969-01-19
56 Iso-Onna
Iso-Onna (磯女)
1969-01-26
57 Invisibility Magic
Ongyō mahō (隠形魔法)
1969-02-02
58 Oboro-Guruma
Oboro-Guruma (おぼろぐるま)
1969-02-09
59 Daruma
Daruma (だるま)
1969-02-16
60 Kasa-Jizō
Kasa-Jizō (笠地蔵)
1969-02-23
61 Ushirogami
Ushirogami (後神)
1969-03-02
62 Umi-Jijii
Umi-Jijii (海じじい)
1969-03-09
63 Namahage
Namahage (なまはげ)
1969-03-16
64 Inmoraki
Inmoraki (陰摩羅鬼)
1969-03-23
65 Yōkai Hōkō
Yōkai Hōkō (妖怪ほうこう)
1969-03-30

Cast

Main Cast
Masako Nozawa Isamu Tanonaka Chikao Ohtsuka
Masako Nozawa
as
Kitarō
Isamu Tanonaka
as
Medama-Oyaji
Chikao Ōtsuka
as
Nezumi-Otoko
Recurring Cast
150x150px Ichirou Nagai
Yōko Ogushi
as
Sunakake-Babaa
Ichirō Nagai
as
Konaki-Jijii

Guest Cast

Staff

Movies

  • Gegege no Kitarō - Released July 12, 1968. A retelling of episodes #5 & 6 (Daikaijū).


References

  1. 長田暁二『昭和の童謡アラカルト―戦後編』ぎょうせい、1985年、187頁。ISBN 4324001243